are the holidays here yet? links

Health care reform – is it going to happen, and is the public option-less bill even worth passing anymore? Nate Silver asks 20 questions for people who answer “no”, responds to people who answered them, and explains why he thinks it’s still worth passing. Meanwhile, Atul Gawande (the guy who wrote that article about the rising cost of health care in McAllen) says that having lots of pilot projects (like the Senate bill does) is a good way to go and has worked in the past for farming.

For me, the holidays now have an odd association with Mythbusters since we seem to watch them when we’re at my folks place a lot. Here’s an old interview with the Mythbusters which I found pretty entertaining.

You know those Predator drones the Army is using in Iraq to target insurgents? It turns out the video they transmit is unencrypted(!) and insurgents have been able to intercept it easily.

A computer scientist looks at ICBM security.

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